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The chaos and excitement of the annual GP again took place at PF International
Another fine weekend of racing took place at Kartmasters with Kiern Jewiss shining and the first GP Plate for X30 Junior and Senior was competed for
Kiern Jewiss was the Driver of the Day for his recovery drive after he was left on the dummy grid with a broken starter cord, forcing him to start from the pit lane. He came through the field and on the last lap nine karts came round the hairpins together and Jewiss was pushed slightly wide. But on the last few corners, he somehow made it through to win. Harry Thompson, in one of his first IAME races, took 2nd at the flag followed by Zac Robertson.
Mark Kimber won in Hondas against Tom Canning and Harry Thompson although Canning and Thompson were penalised for jumping the start, giving 2nd to Kiern Jewiss. Oliver Bearman had been 2nd (4th on the road) at the head of the chasing pack but lost places, giving the position to Jewiss. Myles Apps took the final podium position, going over the line together with Jewiss.
Luke Wooder led off from pole, but there was a battle between Wooder, Alex Quinn and Jonathan Hoggard for the lead. The top six were running together before the front three – Sam Pooley, Hoggard and Quinn, broke away in the closing laps. Pooley was slightly quicker towards the end and came out of the new section a second ahead on the last lap to win from Quinn and Sam Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick was demoted to 8th for gaining an unfair advantage, promoting Hoggard to the podium.
Several drivers hit the bridge after the start and the race was red-flagged before being reformed for a complete restart. Dave Wooder was on pole next to Vaus and immediately pulled out a gap at the restart. He was helped to a 7s lead by fierce fighting behind him with Harrison Thomas and Jack McCarthy taking the remaining podium positions on the final lap.
Jack Bartholomew, also competing in X30, won Senior Rotax comfortably by several seconds after seeing off John Stewart and Josh White. Luke Knott, Charlie Turner and Stewart battled behind him but none of them were able to break away. Knott was later excluded from the race for unsafe driving which promoted Stewart to 2nd and Turner to 3rd.
Josh Smith took the lead at the start and began to pull away while Daniel McAuley overtook Oliver York then Euan Wilson. The four karts fighting for 2nd were very close but about 4s behind Smith. Towards the end McAuley began to pull away from his scrapping rivals. On the last lap Smith and McAuley were safe but the rest were taking the hairpins like Cadets with Brown just securing 3rd on the Mike Wilson complex.
Mark Litchfield had been unbeatable all weekend, taking a clean sweep of qualifying and heats, and the final wasn’t to be any different. He won by 1.8s, comfortably faster than the rest. Oliver Hodgson stayed 2nd and Chad Little was 3rd until he was passed by Thomas Issa, then with three minutes to go Danny Keirle got up the inside of Issa at the first hairpin to take 3rd. Jack Bartholomew dropped out of 7th with four laps to go.